Romancing the phone

Canadian Business Online explains how Harlequin marketed their romances in Japan, first as print manga in partnership with Ohzora (the parent company of Aurora) and later directly as cell phone manga. (Via Simon Jones.)

I reported the other day that Delivery Cupid was available on Kindle; the book, published by Libre in Japan, was licensed here by the now-defunct Broccoli Books. Now it’s mysteriously not available, and Yamila Abraham suspects it was a pirated edition.

Lori Henderson marks April Fool’s Day by looking at manga that include pranks or fool the reader.

Ed Sizemore will be hosting the next Manga Moveable Feast at Comics Worth Reading, and the subject is Mushishi.

Reviews: Joy Kim catches us up on what she has been reading lately.

Todd Douglass on vol. 1 of Arata the Legend (Blogcritics)
Ysabet Reinhardt MacFarland on vol. 1 of Arata the Legend (Manga Life)
Snow Wildsmith on vols. 1-7 of 20th Century Boys (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Rob McMonigal on vol. 6 of Barefoot Gen (Panel Patter)
Deb Aoki on vol. 1 of Bokurano: Ours (
Danielle Leigh on vol. 1 of Bunny Drop (Comics Should Be Good)
Connie on vol. 1 of Chronicles of the Grim Peddler (Slightly Biased Manga)
Danica Davidson on vol. 1 of Deadman Wonderland (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Rob McMonigal on vol. 2 of Dororo (Panel Patter)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 2 of Happy Cafe (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Sophie Stevens on vol. 9 of Honey and Clover (Animanga Nation)
Connie on vol. 4 of Honey Hunt (Slightly Biased Manga)
Connie on vol. 7 of I Hate You More Than Anyone (Slightly Biased Manga)
Kristin on vol. 1 of In the Walnut (Comic Attack)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 1 of Moyasimon: Tales of Agriculture (i heart manga)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of My Darling! Miss Bancho (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 8 of Pluto (Comics Worth Reading)
Snow Wildsmith on vol. 1 of Rampage (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Barb Lien-Cooper on vol. 7 of Real (Manga Life)
Nick Smith on vol. 1 of Red Hot Chili Samurai (ICv2)
Daniella Orihuela-Gruber on vol. 1 of Stolen Hearts (All About Manga)
Susan S. on vols. 4 and 5 of Very! Very! Sweet (Manga Jouhou)
Snow Wildsmith on vol. 1 of The World I Create (Graphic Novel Reporter)

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  1. The Delivery Cupid on Kindle is back up, and according to the Animate USA website, they will be distributing Libre’s yaoi titles in English for Kindle; the first four titles are re-releases of previously published books but they’re promising more.